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What is Eleanor's Hope?

The retirement challenges facing millions of American women simply can’t be ignored.  On average, women live longer than men yet their lifetime earnings are generally lower.  Pay inequity while they’re working and often reduced benefits once they retire means millions of women face retirement and health insecurity in their old age.

The National Committee’s “Eleanor’s Hope” initiative, named in honor of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt,  will raise awareness, recruit and train new activists and bolster Congressional leaders who are making a difference on women’s health and retirement security issues.  We’ll advocate for legislation that addresses the inequities threatening millions of retired women and work to elect lawmakers who share our vision of retirement equity for women. 

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Women to Watch
Rep. Tammy Duckworth

"Social Security and Medicare make a real difference in the lives of working Americans and it is a top priority of mine to protect these programs.I am willing to consider raising the cap on earnings subject to the payroll tax above $110,100 as a way to strengthen Social Security. I would also take steps to make sure that the Social Security Trust Fund is repaid in full for the funds it has loaned during decades of surpluses. I oppose privatizing Medicare by turning it into a voucher system – doing so would end Medicare as we know it and diminish its protections and benefits."


Sen. Susan Collins

Senator Collins has consistently supported programs to expand access to health care and improve health care, particularly for citizens living rural areas.  She led the fight to restore critical funding to Medicare for home health care so that elderly and disabled residents can receive needed care in their homes.


 

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“I am fifty years old and the 27 years I have been working have been a combination of full-time and part-time employment, with several years of no employment so that I could stay home with my baby. I am back to work full-time now but want to know how all of this will affect my Social Security benefit when I am retired?”

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